The Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency Board of Directors (IA Board) met today to address funding and project delivery for the first five years of the Blueprint 2020 program.
The end result was the approval of a schedule (Option C) that will begin the construction to improve Bannerman Road up to Tekesta Road beginning in the year 2023.
Two other options would have delayed action on Bannerman until 2030 and 2033, respectively.
Also, at a future date, the Board will take up the possibility of widening Bannerman Road up to Bull Headley road.
In an ironic twist, representatives from the Summerbrooke Homeowners Owners Association spoke against Option C based on the fact that more capacity on Bannerman Road would result in the acceleration of unwanted development in the area.
A proposed project in the area has resulted in heated debate between some residents, developers and the Leon County Commission.
The IA meeting provided updated estimates for sales tax revenues over the next 20 years, updated project cost estimates for the 27 Blueprint 2020 projects, as well as clear funding and implementation strategies for the Blueprint 2020 program including two bonding scenarios for the IA Board’s consideration.
The IA Board was provided with three options, shown in the table below. The funding options were built upon prior IA Board direction to prioritize and/or advance the Blueprint 2020 program.
In addition to Bannerman Road, Option C will accelerate work on the Monroe-Adams Corridor Placemaking project. Option C requires a $100 million bond.
The Bannerman Road construction is projected to cost approximately $39.8 million.
More details on Option C can be viewed here.